Karate teacher in controversial sex case cleared
22 July 2005, BARCELONA — A karate teacher involved in a controversial court case in which he was accused of sexually abusing four girls has been cleared.
22 July 2005
BARCELONA — A karate teacher involved in a controversial court case in which he was accused of sexually abusing four girls has been cleared.
The case provoked outcry after the judge ordered the girls to give evidence against their alleged abuser without the normal protection of a screen afforded in sex abuse cases.
One of the girls who was due to give evidence suffered a nervous breakdown, judicial sources at the court in Barcelona said.
Eventually, the judge, Pedro Garcia Martin, relented and the girl was allowed to give evidence via a video link.
The case against the teacher collapsed due to "lack of evidence".
After the original ruling, the father of the girl said: "She would not stop crying and had convulsions. We had to tell her that she would not have to appear in court.
"For me it has been terrible to force her to come to court but otherwise she would not have come."
The girl was allegedly abused between 2002 and 2003 by her teacher, named only as Francesc C.S., when she was aged between eight and nine years old.
The alleged offences happened at a state-run school in Barcelona.
She allegedly suffered the most serious abuse among the four girls.
The teacher denied the charges.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news